BuzzSouthAfrica has been informed about the arrest of six senior police officers for fraud, corruption and theft.
The officers’ arrest follows the conclusion of a major investigation by the Hawks in Free State.
Specifying that more arrest are expected, South African Police Service (SAPS) related that the six senior police officers include two Lieutenant Colonel working at Provincial Vispol and Public Order Police (POP), three constables attached to Tactical Response Team (TRT) whose ages ranged between 37 and 44; and a Finance Admin Clerk (31) attached to Provincial Finance Office.
From our gatherings, Hawks started investigating the officers in September 2016 after it emerged that some units’ budgets were depleted and unaccounted for.
The investigations exposed that personal particulars of other senior colleagues were used to submit fictitious application requesting cash advances and claims that varied from meals, accommodation costs and other assortment of claims.
According to SAPS, the fraudulent transactions were committed between April 2015 and September 2016. And, is worth a total of more than R5.2 million.
Commenting, Hawks’ national head, Lieutenant General Berning Ntlemeza applauded Hawks members for unearthing corruption and dealing with corrupt officials accordingly.
He said: “we continually say corruption will not be tolerated, even within our ranks. We are mandated to curb all corrupt activities and we will do that without fear or favour.
“These arrests should serve as a deterrent to other police officers and civil servants alike that the Hawks will stop at nothing in investigating corrupt activities and ensuring that those implicated face the wrath of the law.”
The six senior police officers are expected to appear before the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 1 February 2017.
Also, Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime unit carried out an intelligence driven operation over the past weekend and arrested five suspects for fraud and theft of petroleum estimated to the value of R5 million.
SAPS related that: “Sandile Sikhosana (46), a Franchisee at Engen Tembisa Convinient Centre and his daughter, Nompumelelo Sikhosana (27), who are executives at Langlaagte Engen Depot allegedly created false fuel order forms to sell on black market for personal gain.
“The truck drivers, Lucky Sikhosana (46), Jackson Motlhowa (51), and Zwelibanzi Sibeko (46) assisted with loading fuel into the delivery trucks and transported it to service stations around Gauteng including Engen Tembisa Convinient Centre between 2012 and 2014. “
The suspects appeared before the Johannesburg Specialized Commercial Crimes Court on Monday for fraud and theft. However, their case was postponed to 21 February 2017 for further investigation.
While Sandile and Nompumelelo Sikhosana were granted bail of R10 000 each, Lucky Sikhosana and Jackson Motlhowa got a R5000 bail. Similarly, Zwilbanzi Sibeko got a R3000 bail.